Jageshwar Mahadev, Jageshwar

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Jageshwar Mahadev Temple, also known as Tarun Jageshwar, is one of the renowned temples of Jageshwar. The armed statues of Nandi and Skandi, the two dwarapals or guards can be seen at the entrance of the temple. The main temple in the complex is west facing and is dedicated to Bal Jageshwar or the child form of the Hindu Lord Shiva. According to a legend, Lord Shiva came here for meditation. Knowing this, women of the village gathered in order to get a glance of Him. When the male members of the place came to know this,they got furious and came to find the ascetic who had bewitched their women. In order to control this chaotic situation, Lord Shiva transformed Himself into a child. Since then, He is worshipped here in the form of Bal Jageshwar.

The Shiva lingam in the temple is divided into two parts, where the bigger half signifies Lord Shiva and the smaller one represents Goddess Parvati, His consort. One of the interesting features of the temple is the ‘Akhand Jyoti’, which is believed to be flickering since the primeval times. Moreover, two Ashtadhatu figures of Chand Kings, Deepchand and Tripalchand can also be seen inside the temple standing behind the Shiva lingam.


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